Iconic is starting the new decade off with a bang as we expand our team! 2019 was another strong year, commercially, and given our continued growth in the legal sector, life sciences, and enterprise, building our software engineering team goes with the territory. Martin Brehhov, who hails from Estonia, will be joining our Dublin office.
We met up with Martin to have a chat and learn more about his new role at Iconic.
Hi Martin, welcome to Iconic! Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey! Thank you for the warm welcome. When I arrived for my first day of work, I was very surprised to see a small replica of my country flag on my desk! How unusual and so nice to see! I’m glad to join the team here in Dublin. About myself – I’m originally from Estonia,Tallinn, but I have lived in Ireland for many years now. At this point I have studied and worked more in Ireland than back home! I am currently living outside of Dublin, towards the South-East. I grew up in the countryside, and I always enjoyed nature and living in the country, so I don’t think I would survive living in a big city.
Could you describe your new role at Iconic?
As a Software Engineer at Iconic, I will be involved in designing and developing a scalable architecture to meet the needs of Iconic’s growing customer base. Working on the maintenance of existing software is also part of my role, while collaborating with other members of the team is an integral part of the job. The company and the IT department is growing and it is very exciting to work with people from different backgrounds and nationalities.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Ever since I saw my first computer back when I was a child, I have always dreamed of having one. I enjoy helping others to understand computers or similar things – and eventually that led me to software development.
From an engineering point of view, it’s a relatively cheap way to express a solution. If you have some idea of how to process something, you only need a computer. Compared with other types of engineers that require labs or larger equipment, and are often too expensive to allow for mistakes, software developers, in the majority of cases, can put together proof of concepts in a single laptop while sitting outside in a park!
These days there are a lot of api-s publicly available over the internet. It is a really good time to think about what can be done about this data.
What attracted you to Iconic?
I liked the idea that Iconic provides automatic translation from different languages. I like the types of challenges of automating large volumes of data (in complex format). The field is huge, and can be used in many different directions. Also, Iconic has a solid reputation.
What is it like, culturally, to live in Ireland as an Estonian?
Surprisingly, the differences are not that drastic. There are more commonalities between Estonians and Irish people than Irish people realise. I sometimes think that certain things are done more efficiently back home, but then again, other things are done more efficiently here.
Ireland is definitely more multicultural and is always giving me the opportunity to meet different people from all over the world. Also, most Irish people are very friendly!
And finally, what are your hobbies, interests and passions?
With two kids, there isn’t a lot of free time! But I do like to read books, play chess, or walk somewhere outside with my family.
Welcome to the team Martin!